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There’s HOW MUCH sugar in that smoothie?

While smoothies have certainly been growing as a trendy health food in the past decade, some smoothies might not be all that they’re cracked up to be, according to a recent New York Times article. In short, pre-made smoothies can be low in fiber and high in sugar and calories, negating the positive aspects.

In order to avoid this problem, there are a few simple solutions. Smoothies could be ordered with skim milk or unsweetened soy milk versus a heavy cream or sugary juice base. Any sort of sugary syrup ought to be excluded. Additionally, the portion size needs to be downsized. While this phenomenon is noticeable in all American pre-made food, it is important to keep in mind exactly how large a 24 ounce smoothie can be. Fruit is good for you, yes, but in solid form it is unlikely that you would take in such a massive amount of it. Smoothies also strip out the fiber and pulp that is in solid fruit, removing a ton of the beneficial aspects.

Another simple solution is to blend your own smoothies at home. This way you can be sure to minimize excessive sugar use. Sticking to unsweetened yogurts and milk as a base and using whole fruit can go a long way to keeping that smoothie as healthy as can be. Throw in some kale for good measure. Happy sipping!

Excessive Sugar Impairs Brain Function

Researchers have found that eating a diet with excessive sugar slows brain function, affects memory and harms learning. Overall, too much sugar causes you to stop thinking clearly.

Researchers believe that as we eat sugar, our body transmits messages to the brain, slowing down neural responses.

“It’s becoming very clear that gut bacteria has a connection with the brain,” says Kathy Magnusson, PhD, at Oregon State University and lead researcher. “Bacteria discharges components that act like neurotransmitters, and spark the sensory nerves, prompting various biological functions.

WSJ said the study also found that sugar can cause both short-term and long-term memory impairments. That’s just one reason processed foods are so bad.

But researchers are also working on how to counter the effect of sugar on the brain.

According to a study published in the Journal of Physiology, the consumption of omega-3 fatty acids can compensate for the damage caused by excessive sugar found in processed foods.

These findings about food aren’t surprising, however, it can change how we feel about what we eat.